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Academic Exchange

The IGCS provides various exchange possibilities on different levels.

In order to secure the integration of the Centre into the existing research and study structure of the IITM, and to allow optimal utilisation of the expertise of all involved partners, the Centre provides long-term visiting professorships (duration: 1 to 3 years) and postdoc positions (duration: 1-2 years) in specific areas of research. These areas should be agreed upon with the IITM. The positions should be held by up to four German professors or young researchers with a link to higher education institutes in Germany (minimum level of academic qualification according to the German academic system “post doc”).


The positions mainly concentrate on cross-cutting, interdisciplinary areas of research. The medium-term aim is to establish joint degree programmes (Master or PhD) between IITM and German universities.

One major feature of the IGCS is the interaction between German and Indian scientists. Regarding funding, additional positions within the research groups should be financed by applying for third party funding. However, the mobility of the groups between Germany and India is provided by means of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Accompanying scholarships for German as well as Indian undergraduates, graduates, PhD students and postdoctoral students to undertake research stays or to complete their final thesis at the IITM ensure the continual exchange and development of sustainable relations with the involved cooperation partners in Germany. Moreover, short-term lectureships (1-6 months) and short-term research stays (1-3 months) for university lecturers and researchers are possible.

The IGCS provides the possibility to study and research both at the IITM and at German Universities. Highly qualified PhD scholars, post-docs, researchers or faculty members from IITM or German universities can apply for these scholarships as well as to cooperate with IGCS in any relevant field and suitable manner. Please contact Ms Malin Praktiknjo or Prof BS Murty (see “Contact”) for further information.